Thursday, July 30, 2009

Private Stock, Jefferson Airplane.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Jefferson Airplane was formed in 1965 in San Francisco. Great American band, they released their first album in 1966 and after the released of their second album in February of 1967 "Surrealistic Pillow" they were one of the most influential bands not only in America but also in the rest of the World. They were a big part of the "Summer of Love" as well as the Psychedelic and acid Rock Music movement. They wrote songs protesting social issues, songs with the "just feel good" and relax feeling. Lets check out "Eskimo blue day"

The band line up had many changes. From 1966 to 1970 they produced four albums with this line up.
Grace Slick-vocals,piano,organ.
Marty Balin-vocals,rhythm guitar.
Paul Kantner-rhythm guitar,vocals.
Jack Casady-bass guitar,rhythm guitar,fuzz bass.
Jorma Kaukonen-lead guitar,rhythm guitar,vocals.
Spencer Dryden-drums,percussion's.
Jefferson Airplane music was a different experience and people fell in love with it because the way that make you feel.
Lets check out their appearance in the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968 this is "Lather".

Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead are the first bands from San Francisco that achieve success. Jefferson Airplane produced seven albums and all of them are very good. Here is their Discography:
Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, 1966.
Surrealistic Pillow, 1967.
After Bathing at Baxter's, 1967.
Crown of Creation, 1968.
Volunteers, 1969.
Bark, 1971.
Long John Silver, 1972.
Jefferson Airplane reunion album, 1989.
Here lets check out "white rabbit" live at the Kralingen Festival Holland 1970.

I really love this band and even after they breakup, in 1971 when Marty Balin left they formed Jefferson Starship and in 1974 they released the band first album, "Dragon Fly" and in 1975 Marty Balin came back and they released "Red Octopus" another great album, "Spitfire" was released in 1976.
Their sound is different than the Airplane sound, I like it so much. I recommend these albums all of them are very good and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets get a sample of Jefferson Starship. This is "with your love" from the 1976 album "spitfire" until next week that's all for now.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Private Stock, Jethro tull.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Jethro Tull is one of the best. These talented Musicians created a sound and style very unique. British group formed in 1967, by the fall of 1968 they released "This Was" their first album. Since they started the band line up had many changes through the years.
In 1968 they performed at The "Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus". Check out "A Song For Jeffrey".

Ian Anderson has been in the band since day one, he write most of the material, play the flute, acoustic guitar and is the singer of the band.
Martin Barre has been in the band since 1969, playing the guitar.
The line up in 1970 was Jeffrey Hammond- Bass, Clive Bunker- Drums, John Evan- Keyboards.
From those early years lets check out "Witches Promise" performed in 1970.

Since then they have recorded more than 30 albums and touring over the world.
It is remarkable to look back and see the way they musically grew from one album to the next, the evolution of their music never stop. You can listen to "This Was" from 1968 or "Songs From The Woods" from 1977 and you are going to like them both. They are different but both are very good. In the 10 albums recorded between those two you can see how much they grew in a period of 9 years.
From 1976 to 1979 Jethro Tull line up was Ian Anderson and Martin Barre with John Glascock on bass, Barriemore Barlow on drums, John Evan on Keyboards and David Palmer on keyboards, synthesisers.
We can see a sample of this line up here playing a great song "Thick As A Brick" at the Madison Square Garden in 1978.

Jethro Tull belong in anyone collection, they have a long list of great albums:
"This Was" 1968
"Stand Up" 1969
"Benefit" 1970
"Aqualung" 1971
"Thick As A Brick" 1972
"Living In The Past" 1972
"A Passion Play" 1973
"Warchild" 1974
"Minstrel In The Gallery" 1975
"Too Old To Rock'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!" 1976
"Songs From The Woods" 1977
"Heavy Horses" 1978
"Live Bursting Out" 1978
"Stormwatch" 1979
"A" 1980
"Broadsword And The Beast" 1982
"Under Wraps" 1984
"Original Masters" 1985
"A Classic Case" 1985
"Crest Of A Knave" 1987
"Rock Island" 1989
"Live At The Hammersmith'84" 1990
"Catfish Rising" 1991
"A Little Light Music" 1992
"25th Anniversary Boxed Set" 1993
"Nightcap" 1993
"Roots To Branches" 1995
"The Very Best Of Jethro Tull" 2001
If you want to add some Tull to your collection, I strongly recommend the albums of the 70's, at least the first 15 or maybe a compilation.
That's all for now, enjoy the music, this is PRIVATE STOCK and to finish this edition lets enjoy "My God" from the early years.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Private Stock, Alvin Lee Ten Years after.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Alvin Lee a Powerful Musician, one of the best Guitar players and Songwriters. We have been enjoying his Music since the end of the 60's first with Ten Years After. From 1967 to 1974 TYA recorded 11 albums of very good Rock-Blues. Here a song from The Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, "I Can't Keep From Crying"

By 1973 Alvin Lee started playing with other Musicians, people like George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, Mick Fleetwood. They released "On the Road to Freedom".
Lee formed Alvin Lee & Company and released two albums and he was touring also with TYA every now and then.
Check out this song from 1975 Live at the Marquee, "Slow Blues in'C"

In the end of the 70's Alvin Lee started a new project "Ten Years Later" he released two albums both of them are really good, Rocket Fuel (1978) and Ride On (1979).
Here Ten Years Later, playing "Help me Baby"

After that he had been playing as The Alvin Lee band, with Musicians like Steve Gould and Mick Taylor among others.
He had more than 20 albums, in the 90's he recorded two albums with George Harrison as a Guest. Alvin Lee is still Rocking, in 2007 he released "Saguitar", Another very good album. I think this will be a great addition to anyones collection.

That's all for now, enjoy the music, I am Carlos and This is PRIVATE STOCK.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Private Stock, Atomic Rooster.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Atomic Rooster was one of the greatest bands with a unique sound. It was formed by ex members of "Crazy World of Arthur Brown". The founding members were: Vincent Crane on Keyboards (the only member who played throughout the band history and wrote most of the material), Carl Palmer on Drums and Nick Graham on Bass and Vocals.
In February 1970 they released their self-titled album. Carl Palmer left the band to join Greg Lake and Keith Emerson with "Emerson, Lake and Palmer".
Atomic Rooster's style and sound is unique, check this song "Devil's Answer" you'll see what I mean.

After Palmer left Paul Hammond joined the band as the new Drummer.
The band's line up had many changes through the years. These are the former members that at one point or another were Atomic Rooster"
Vincent Crane, John DuCann, Paul Hammond, Carl Palmer, Chris Farlowe, Steve Bolton, Ric Parnell, Johnny Mandala, Pete French, Nick Graham, Preston Heyman and Bernie Torme.
They had this macabre and mysterious sound and sometimes it was very poewerfull but could be very soft as well. Check this song "A Spoonful of Bromide Helps The Pulse Rate Go Down"

Vincent Crane and Paul Hammond are no longer with us, they are resting in peace.
For those of you that want to add some Atomic Rooster to your collection these are my picks:
Atomic Rooster - 1970
Death Walks Behind You - 1970
In Hearing Of - 1971
But any compilation will be good to start with. That is all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK enjoy "Broken Wings" .